A FAMILIAR VOICE will return to the Philly radio landscape. Chio - of "Chio in the Morning" fame - will start airing his show on Mix 106.1. Chio will start broadcasting tomorrow.
But there's a catch.
Chio, who was let go from Wired 96.5 in December 2012, had landed at 95.7 Kiss FM, in San Diego, and he won't be moving back. Both Mix and Kiss are owned by Clear Channel, allowing for the cross-pollination.
Instead, he'll do a customized broadcast from 6 to 9 a.m. Eastern time from San Diego. For those keeping score at home, that means the dude will start work at 3 a.m. Pacific time.
His co-host will be Nicole Michalik, who is the co-host of the Mix 106.1 morning show. She will broadcast from Philadelphia. Chio and Nicole worked together while Chio was still with Q102, and Nicole was just getting her start in radio.
Logan, who previously hosted the Mix morning show, is no longer with the company.
I gave Chio a call but have not heard back from him.
* In other radio news, Rich Zeoli was deemed the winner of the Super Talk Debate, held last week at Xfinity Live, featuring fellow Talk Radio 1210 personalities Chris Stigall, Dom Giordano, Dick Morris and Gary R'nel. They discussed the future of the conservative movement.
Hugh Douglas is being sued by ex-girlfriend Hope Davila, 33, of Hartford, Conn., claiming that Douglas assaulted her multiple times, including an incident in September that resulted in an arrest for Douglas but no jail time. Douglas pleaded no contest to misdemeanor breach of peace.
Davila, who is being represented by Philly native Gloria Allred, is seeking undetermined damages for alleged physical and emotional harm.
Douglas was fired from his job as an ESPN analyst last August after he went on an alleged drunken tirade against his former "Numbers Never Lie" co-host, Michael Smith.
Jarrod Spector got quite the shock when he learned that he was nominated for a Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role for his work in "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical." Spector, a Meadowbrook native who graduated from Germantown Academy in 1999, tweeted an apt reaction to his award: "I am overwhelmed and humbled by the staggering level of love and cheers since this morning. My goodness. Thank you all.
"Also? Holy $#!t."
Spector plays fellow songwriter Barry Mann, who wrote hits such as "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," "Somewhere Out There" and "Don't Know Much." Spector first made a splash on the theater scene as Frankie Valli in the megasmash jukebox musical "Jersey Boys."
What's in the water over there at Germantown Academy? Bradley Cooper is also a graduate of the Fort Washington school.
* Big fans of scribes William Bender and David Gambacorta? The ace writers will read from their work at Jose Pistola's (263 S. 15th) tonight at 10 as part of the monthly Writers Night in America series, hosted by local musician Dan Bruskewicz.
* Last week, the Daily News' Chuck Darrow celebrated the release of "It's About Time," the debut album by his band, Nytrous, with a gig at Havana, in New Hope. Tonight, he returns to the stage performing stand-up at Parx Casino (2999 Street Road, Bensalem), presented by master mimic Joe Conklin. Darrow will be emceeing the bill, featuring local jokers Big Daddy Graham and Spins Nitely. Showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is $20.